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School mask requirements likely to remain in place into 2022, state public health officials say

Original post made on Oct 28, 2021

State public health officials said Wednesday that indoor mask requirements in schools are likely to remain in place into 2022, but could be modified as more students get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Posted by Forever Name
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 28, 2021 at 12:34 pm

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@ Ghaly: "In keeping mask requirements in schools through at least the end of the year, Ghaly also pointed to the start of flu season as another reason to maintain protections."

Since when have we required kids, who need all the necessary facial cues in school to communicate, learn, and have proper social interactions, to wear masks for the flu? OMG. ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!

Totally predictable. First it was covid. Next it's the flu. Then it will be colds. = Masks Forever. No wonder people are escaping CA in droves. Ghaly keeping masks for the flu is inane and not supported in any way by the data. Ghaly and Cody NEED TO GO!!! We are no longer in a state of emergency. County Supervisors, our elected officials, should be governing, not authoritarian Health Directors like Cody and Ghaly who are not even following science and are myopically focused on masks. Kids in the rest of the U.S. (if you've traveled lately you would see) do not wear masks in school. Kids on the entire continente of Europe (!) do not wear masks in school. The UK never had their kids wear masks in school and still don't. They all think we are crazy with our masks here. Saying we should keep masks for the flu is totally absurd.

Posted by Jane
a resident of Ventura
on Oct 29, 2021 at 12:05 am

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"Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly and state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan said that forcing kids to wear masks perpetually will reduce their risk of covid from *almost* zero to *nearly* zero, while promoting the beneficial side effect of deindividuation during childhood development."

Posted by Forever Name
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2021 at 12:32 pm

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@ Jane. Thank you for sharing that additional insane info from Ghaly. I would love to see where that came from so I can share it far and wide. If you could provide a link I would appreciate it. Or maybe you were paraphrasing the ridiculousness of our Health Directors.

Ironic that the Univ Mich Dr. Eisenberg, Chair of the Epidemiology Dept. said that the *spike* in flu is actually because kids have been isolated (which includes masks) and immune systems are weakened! Yet Cody and Ghaly want to continue masking school kids even AFTER being vaccinated! Total insanity.

"Blue Flu has taken over Univ Mich: Why is everyone sick?"
"Dr. Joseph Eisenberg, U-M professor and chair of the epidemiology department and public health expert, to get answers as to what these symptoms could possibly be from....Some studies suggest that quarantine and isolation lead to a weakened immune system. Eisenberg said this could be the BIGGEST explanation as to why so many students are experiencing flu-like symptoms."
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Posted by The Voice of Palo Alto
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 29, 2021 at 2:52 pm

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“In keeping mask requirements in schools through at least the end of the year, Ghaly also pointed to the start of flu season as another reason to maintain protections.“

Masks on or no school! Those are the rules. Regardless of what you think, masks this, immune system that, you are not the public health experts. You will respect the mask mandates and have respect for everyone’s health and safety until the pandemic is over. If you have kids and aren’t happy with masking, you have an option to homeschool and I believe there is also an “independent study” option which allows students to not be in person.

Just because one doctor, in this case Dr. Eisenberg, says the “immune systems are weakened,” doesn’t mean it’s agreed upon by the medical community. That’s just a doctor that you found that fits your own “no masks in schools”narrative.

Finally, stop with the silly Europe comparisons already. Any quick search will show how the virus is currently still ripping through schools in the UK and those students having constant disruption to their education with infections and quarantine. That doesn’t seem to be happening as much in the Bay Area. Do you know why? Masking and a high uptake in vaccinations. Regardless, this is why there are mandates. So simple minded people that think their “research is correct” aren’t in charge of making difficult decisions that they aren’t capable of making.

Thanks to Ghaly and Cody(you don’t need to go anywhere!!!) for continuing to help make schools safer for students and staff, in spite of the very small minority of the overly opinionated that are on the wrong side of this issue and being loud about it. Fortunately, a majority of Californians do not think like those in Alabama. Schools and students are slowly going back to normal as we keep progressing out of this pandemic.

Posted by SamuelL.
a resident of Meadow Park
on Oct 29, 2021 at 3:33 pm

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I'm pretty sure the concern over the flu is that if you have the flu and THEN COVID, you're immune system will be already compromised and unable
to fight off the deadly Covid virus.

How about PAUSD set up a new "choice" school just for those who don't want the vaccine or wear masks inside. They can call it Freedom Charter, or PS Chance.

But, last I heard, parents do have a choice. There are plenty of other schools not mandating masks. That's the beautiful thing about this country. You have a choice.

Posted by Forever Name
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2021 at 4:32 pm

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@ The Voice of Palo Alto: "stop with the silly Europe comparisons already".

Hysterical. Silly Europe and UK. (And the rest of the US who also does not wear masks in schools). Those "silly" entire continents, and countries (and U.S. states), and all their doctors and medical professionals and educators and politicians and public health officers couldn't possibly know as much as Cody by not wearing masks in school. (Eyeball roll of the century). Typical Palo Alto hubris.

@Samuel: The POINT of vaccines, which I support and have, is so we no longer have to wear masks indoors. In terms of choice, anyone who wants is welcome to get a vaccine and continue to wear masks for the rest of your life. But that doesn't mean everyone else who is educated on the facts, and the benefits of vaccines, and the downsides of masks in schools, must wear masks for the rest of their lives.

Posted by SamuelL.
a resident of Meadow Park
on Oct 29, 2021 at 6:19 pm

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@Forever - But you must wear a mask inside for as long as the county/state/etc say that you do.

I'm not a fan of masks in general. When I travel I only wear one if it's required by local mandate. It's not a big ask especially since most of the country is under 70% vaccination rate.

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